Still Going Strong, the Church Return to NYC for a Pair of Shows

March 12th, 2015

Over the course of a career that’s now spanned four decades, Sydney space rockers the Church—currently Steve Kilbey (vocals and bass), Ian Haug (guitar and vocals), Peter Koppes (guitar, vocals and keys) and Tim Powles (drums)—have been known for their heady guitar work and instrumental jams, not to mention their 1988 smash, “Under the Milky Way,” the lead single off Starfish (stream it below), out that same year. The band’s 21st, and most recent, studio full-length, Further/Deeper (stream it below), came out toward the end of 2014, impressing critics across the world. “This is not background music—it demands your attention. Along with the oft-surreal lyrics, there’s a lot of care put into the sonic details,” opined PopMatters. It’s “an album that moves onward and upward, further and deeper—a journey begun a long time ago in a 1980s galaxy far, far away.” Currently touring North America in support of their LP, the Church (above, performing “Reptile” for Moshcam) play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow and Rough Trade NYC on Saturday. Brooklyn chamber-pop collective the Sharp Things open both shows.